Monthly Archives: June 2006

Dear Internet,

lysol-country-scent.gifWhy didn’t you tell me about Ze Frank? I love him. Nooo, not like that. That’s reserved for James. More like a his-site-is-my-new-favorite-thing-and-i-wish-i-had-one-like-it love.

Ok, to be completely honest, I saw this a long time ago but didn’t check out the rest of his site and he probably didn’t have his show going yet.

His daily vlog is now the new highlight of my day. One might describe it as The Daily Show for people with ADD. But, it’s so much more. And less. About 27 minutes less.

Go and watch a few days worth. Watch the ones listed under “popular” on the left. Watch the month of June. If you don’t think it’s the best 3 minute daily vlog that combines furious, cocaine-addict-like editing with news and original songs and funny faces on the internet, well, I’ll poop in your toilet next time I’m over and I won’t spray ANY air freshener when I’m done.

Love Soap

So some friends and I are making a pilot for Channel 101. Well, I’m playing a couple parts in it and others are doing actual work. What is Channel 101, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.

Basically, anyone can submit a pilot for a 5 minute TV show at anytime. It is reviewed and is either rejected or approved to be viewed and voted on by an actual audience. Only 5 shows get to be “primetime” shows on channel101. Each month the shows are voted on. If your show makes the cut and becomes a primetime show, you stay in as long as people vote to keep you in and you have to submit a new episode each month.

More info here and here.

So, we’ve filmed the majority of it but have a couple scenes left to finish this weekend. I’m playing Emilio the celebrity chef and Aaron Burr.

Here’s a trailer. You won’t get much in the way of plot, but rest assured it’ll be funny.

You tryin’ to scam me?!

f101a7ea.jpgSo I’ve mentioned that I was shopping for a jeep. Man, I’ve been looking for weeks. And I almost won an auction on ebay on Monday. I was outbid in the last 40 seconds. It was a sweet jeep but somebody else was willing to pay just a bit more than I was. So after a full day of moping, I’ve been back on the hunt.

Last night I saw another possible ride. I emailed the guy about it and then noticed an update that was added late last night. A “Buy It Now” option for $2900. This wasn’t an actual Buy It Now, but a comment left at the bottom of the auction to email him about.

Now $2900 is extremely low for this jeep. But, hey, worth looking into, right?

I asked some specific questions about the jeep which he basically glossed over with “it runs great, no problems, A+.” He said he’d ship it to me for a fee but I said I wanted to pick it up in person.

Then without anything finalized, he sends me an ebay invoice for $2900 to be wired to him. Let’s look at the bits to see what doesn’t add up.

  • It’s a private listing, meaning you can’t see who has bid on the item.
  • You can’t just bid on it, you must be pre-approved to bid.
  • His email signature has a name of Jeff Harris.
  • His email address is chrissbennet2.
  • I’m supposed to wire the money to his “agent” Antonio in Chicago.
  • The jeep is listed as being located in Virginia Beach.

Here’s my reply to his request for payment.

“Ok, I’ll have my banker in Nigeria wire you the money, just send me your bank account info.”

Jackass. If he replies, I’ll post it.

Update: His reply, and I quote “?????????????????????????????????????????????”

My reply “The auction says the jeep is in Virginia Beach so why am I supposed to send the money to Antonio in Chicago? Isn’t your name Jeff? Or is it Chriss?”

Update the 2nd: His reply “My name is Jeff Harris. We have been assigned by eBay to one of their representatives to complete the payment. Mr. Antonio Paredes is the eBay representative and he is in Chicago. eBay has agents all over the US territory. Whats wrong with that?!?”

At that point I was tired of playing along and I decided to end it. I looked at the mail headers to see where the “ebay invoice” had actually come from. Surprise, surprise. It didn’t come from ebay. It came from some domain hosted by I let him know:

(names, addresses and phone numbers have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent)

Well this has been fun, but too bad you tried to scam the IT guy who can read mail headers. That invoice did not come from ebay. It came from user ‘luser’ at which is owned by

Loser, Bob
Random Street
In Arkansas

You may or not be Bob Loser but rest assured I will be contacting hostbaby and letting them know that one of their domains is being used for ebay scams.

Have a pleasant night,


I haven’t heard back from “Jeff” or “Chriss”. I’m thinking he shit his pants and moved on.

One more…

I’ve got another one to add to the list of things that mean you are an old man.

When you are driving around and you see a really nice house and everyone in the car says “oooo aaah look at that house.” And everyone is duly impressed with the architecture and the square footage and the lawn and the small mexican children pulling weeds.

Then the old man in the car says “Yeah, but I wouldn’t want to pay the property taxes on THAT.”

Stephen Colbert’s Commencement Speech


Now will saying “yes” get you in trouble at times? Will saying “yes” lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes.”

Read the whole thing.